“I believe in inclusiveness. That’s why I’m willing to take on my own party,” said the former City Council member who is challenging Rep. Scott Peters to represent the 52nd District.
DeMaio, a Republican, said the party needs to become “more positive and inclusive and start representing the whole fabric of America,” adding, “I hope that my election is a wake-up call for the Republican Party.”
Tom Hom, the first Asian-American member of the City Council, praised DeMaio’s effectiveness on the council in endorsing him for Congress. “I highly endorse Carl DeMaio to represent this district in Congress,” he said.
Khai Le, co-owner of Lucky Seafood for more than 30 years, said DeMaio has a “proven record in fighting for small business.”
The 52nd District covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado and large portions of the City of San Diego. The race between Peters and DeMaio is considered one of the closest nationwide.
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